The Bethlehem Catholic boys survived a last-second shot to advance to the EPC finals.
Allen hit a desperation shot as the clock hit all zeros, but it came after the buzzer, and the Hawks advanced past the Canaries 56-54 on Wednesday night.
Justin Paz led all scorers with 17 points in the back and forth game. Ryan Santana added 11 and Ryan Young had 10. DeAndre Gardner chipped in with nine.
Tyreek Bell and Jasiah Lopez each scored 14 for Allen.
The Hawks move on to play Central in the finals. The game takes place at Liberty at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16.
The East Penn Conference announced the schedule for its boys and girls basketball tournaments.
Both tournaments start today, Monday, Feb. 12.
In the boys bracket, Bethlehem Catholic is the top seed and will host Parkland, the eighth seed. Central earned the second seed and will host seven-seed Northampton.
Pocono Mountain West is the fourth seed and will host Allen, the fifth seed and Eastburg South took the third seed and hosts Easton, the sixth seed. All games start at 7 p.m.
The Eastern Pennsylvania Conference made their pairings official on Wednesday night for the EPC Championship Wrestling Day, which is set for Saturday, Jan. 27, at the Easton Area Middle School.
Round 1 begins at 1:30 p.m. and features three matches: 17th – Pleasant Valley vs. Central Catholic; 15th – PM West vs. Dieruff and 13th – ES North vs. Allen.
Round 2 begins at 3:15 p.m. and also features three matches: 11th – Emmaus vs. PM East; 9th – Whitehall vs. Freedom and 7th – Stroudsburg vs. Parkland.
If there’s one thing Becahi showed in the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack playoffs, it’s that it can play any style of baseball.
Pitching, defense and offense were the focus in Becahi’s three playoff victories, leading them to the Lehigh Valley Connie Mack title after finishing third in the standings this season.
The Connie Mack playoffs started this week and two Bethlehem teams were a part of the action.
Bethlehem Catholic ended with the third seed and earned an automatic trip to the state playoffs as well as a chance to win the Lehigh Valley League title. The Hawks finished 13-5-1 to take the all-important top-four spot in the LV standings.
Also making it was Northeast Bethlehem, which finished with a mark of 10-9 good enough for the 10th seed. They traveled to seventh seed Northern Valley on Monday but lost 8-4.
The Bethlehem Catholic Connie Mack team is returning eight starters from a successful campaign a year ago, and that could mean good things for the 2017 season.
So far it has as the team is off to a 4-0 start as of late last week, already beating South Parkland and Lower Mac.
“Last season was our inaugural Connie Mack season at Becahi but we had great year finishing fifth out of 24 teams in the regular season,” said head coach Jack Daddona. “With that said, and returning eight experienced starters, you can imagine the boys are excited for the year.”
Bethlehem is finally going to have a team in the Blue Mountain League once again.
Bethlehem Steel baseball is set to take the field this season and the squad will be part of the Lehigh Sports Association, playing home games at Gene’s “Field of Dreams” Complex.
Juan Carreras will be the team’s general manager and is excited about bringing adult baseball back to Bethlehem.
The East Penn Conference softball playoffs will look to beat the rain and get under way Friday afternoon.
By virtue of a perfect mark, the Parkland Trojans are this year’s number-one seed. They will face off against Northampton, which sneaks in as the number-eight seed. The two, of course, are very familiar Skyline Division opponents.
Liberty will take the second seed after finishing 14-2 in the EPC. They will take on seven-seed Whitehall, which is coming off a 9-8 shootout loss to Easton on Thursday afternoon in a game that featured seeding implications.
Liberty continued its perfect season with a 3-2 victory over Nazareth in the District 11 team finals on Thursday afternoon.
Louis Gruber and Jacob Berg were winners at singles for the Hurricanes. Gruber beat Gabe Knowles 6-0, 6-2 while Berg knocked off Nate Tauber 6-0, 6-3.
In a rematch of the district singles finals, Ben Tauber of Nazareth beat Dan Lynn 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles, Liberty’s Luke Conrad and David Lynn beat Matt Soika and Dominic Ferraro 6-2, 6-0 while Duke Jin and Gavin Snyder fell to Nick Mitchell and Brian Smith 6-4, 6-7, 7-3.
The Bethlehem Catholic girls basketball team captured its first state title on Thursday night, knocking off Villa Maria of Erie 46-27 in the girls 4A final.
Becahi was 0-for-2 to that point in state title games, falling as recently as 2013, but this time things would be different, as the Hawks won again using a familiar approach in their playoff run - a quick start.